|Irish: Loch an Oileáin|
Loughinisland shown within Northern Ireland
|Population||? (2001 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|UK Parliament||South Down|
|NI Assembly||South Down|
Loughinisland (// LOKH-in-eye-lən(d), from Irish Loch an Oileáin, meaning "lake of the island") is a village and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is between Downpatrick and Ballynahinch, about 21 miles (34 kilometres) south of Belfast.
The area was the ancient home of the MacCartans. In 1659 there were 17 English/Scots and 7 Catholic families in Loughinisland. There was a school there in 1836.
Loughinisland comprises both Protestant and Roman Catholic population with Loughinisland Church of Ireland located within the hamlet of Seaforde and with St Macartan's Church located within the village of Loughinisland.
The Loughinisland massacre took place on 18 June 1994, during "The Troubles". The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group, attacked The Heights Bar with assault rifles, killing six civilians and wounding five. That evening, about 24 people had gathered there to watch a football match. The bar was targeted because those inside were believed to be Irish nationalists and/or Catholics.
Places of interest
- Loughinisland Churches are a group of three ruined churches in a graveyard on an island in Loughinisland Lake reached by a causeway. The churches range in date from the 13th century to the 17th century.
- Annadorn Dolmen is on the north east shore of Loughinisland Lake, within sight of the Churches. The dolmen consists of a slightly displaced capstone covering a rectangular chamber of which three side stones survive.
- Edward Gribben, a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories was born in Loughinisland.
Gary Mason played in the Down GAA All-Ireland winning teams of 1991 and 1994. Mason played the morning following the loyalist paramilitary massacre, for the Down GAA team winning the man of the match award.
Loughinisland Gaelic Football Club has won the Down GAA Senior Football Championship on two occasions – 1975 and 1989.
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